World Health Organization officials now regard Europe as the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, as the continent is reporting daily infection numbers higher than the daily numbers reported at the peak of China’s outbreak.
According to Stacy Meichtry’s article in the Wall Street Journal:
“As of Sunday afternoon, the continent’s biggest economies-Germany, France, Italy and Spain-had recorded more than 42,700 confirmed infections. Italy and Spain, the continent’s biggest outbreaks, reported more than 500 deaths over the weekend.”
In response to the rapid rise of infections and death Spain has instituted a 15-day lockdown, only allowing Spaniards to leave their homes for medicine, food or other essentials. By Sunday afternoon, Spain had a 35% more coronavirus cases than they had on Saturday. The number of deaths, currently sitting at 228, also doubled from those reported on Saturday. On Monday morning Germany will institute strict border controls along both the southern and western borders. France has closed restaurants and shops but held nationwide local elections on Sunday. The UK reported 1, 372 infections and 35 deaths as of Sunday.
Read more at WSJ.